Coalition Against the Siege of Gaza
CAMPAIGN "GAZA: STOP THE SIEGE! END THE WAR!"
WITH PROTESTS IN 107 CITIES WORLDWIDE
international campaign “GAZA: Stop the Siege!
End the War!” was amazing, and embraced the
entire globe. While individual actions may
have been small, the cumulative impact of 107
cities holding protest and educational activities
together is formidable. Some of the media
reports were particularly effective and won access
to broad international audiences. As we
receive your reports, we will continue to post
them and photos.
in Tel Aviv
Photo courtesy of the Coalition
Against the Siege of Gaza
demonstration in Tel Aviv on Saturday night was
wonderful for its drive and intensity. We
did not fill up the streets with our numbers (a
few thousand came), but we did fill the air with
our sounds and passion. The crowd was filled with young
people, with a march through the heart of Tel Aviv, the chanting and drumming,
and even one brief incident when the “special”
police forces attacked part of the group,
thinking they were threatening the nearby McDonald’s.
We are grateful to the large “Action for Peace”
delegation from Italy, which included two
members of parliament, the head of a trade union,
and the unstoppable Luisa Morgantini, future vice-president
of the EU parliament, who flew in for one day to
participate in the event.
continue to collect signatures on the petition,
now exceeding 6,400. You can still sign on http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?SaveGaza.
Please send us your lists immediately if you
signed people on your own websites or elsewhere.
In the coming days, women from Bat Shalom will be
delivering the signed petition to the EU, US, UK,
Italian, French, Spanish and other embassies in
Israel, demanding that they call an end to the
boycott. Let us know if you also want a copy
of the signatures for your own advocacy work in
month has passed, but the siege is not over.
What did we accomplish? First of all, we
breached the wall of silence on this subject.
We spoke out against a blatant act of immorality
in which the governments of many countries are
complicit. We introduced the concept “end
the siege of Gaza” into political discourse.
will take more to end this siege, but its
existence will now figure more prominently in our
political work when we look at the horrors of
occupation. Occupation is not just about
killing, wounding, separating, demolishing, and
uprooting; it is also about withholding food,
water, medicine, electricity, and basic living
all, the campaign gave hope to some Palestinians
who had none. In the words of Lama Hourani
from Gaza, following her painful descriptions of
the sights in Beit Hanoun, “I don’t know what
to do, desperate and depressed. Maybe
one of the things that cheers me up sometimes and
gives me hope is hearing about the solidarity
activities that take place in different places in
are many – Palestinians, Israelis, and
internationals – who have their flickering hope
kept alive by the work that all of us do
throughout the world. Thank you for your
Lerman, Tel Aviv
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and the 3.5 minute video at http://www.tv.social.org.il/medini/aza-2-12-06.htm.
behalf of the Coalition Against the Siege of Gaza
Campaign Against the Siege of Gaza, initiated and
led by the Coalition of Women for Peace, brought
together 16 Israeli organizations [listed below]
and over 100 international groups for a month of
A mass rally was held in Tel Aviv (December
2) with approximately 3,000 participants and guest
speakers from Israel and abroad, calling for an
end to the siege of Gaza. Several thousand
demonstrators marched through central Tel Aviv
holding posters and beating drums, chanting loudly,
drawing great attention to the message.
International: On the same
weekend, demonstrations and other actions were
held in 107 cities worldwide – see listing below
– stimulating media coverage around the world.
Reports about these actions are beginning to be
posted at http://gazasiege.net/partners.html#list.
material: An information brochure with
questions & answers about Gaza was written
and distributed in 20,000 copies throughout
Israel. “End the Siege” posters were
created by David Tartakover, Israel’s top
political graphic artist – 1,500 were
printed and many were hung outdoors in Tel
Aviv and Jerusalem. 10,000 stickers with
messages against the siege of Gaza were
distributed throughout the country.
A petition entitled “GAZA: Stop
the Siege! Stop the War” garnered over 6,400
signatures (you can still sign) on http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?SaveGaza
and another 1,500 via the Jewish Voice for Peace
website. In the coming days, the petitions
and signatures will be delivered to officials at
meetings to be held throughout capitals in Europe,
N. America, and Israel.
Four public education events about
the siege were held in Jerusalem, a northern
kibbutz, and two in Tel Aviv – of which one was
at the Democratic Rainbow, an advocacy center for
Street theater about the siege was
held during the Rabin Rally – people chained
together, black balloons saying “SOS Gaza!”,
and distribution of 10,000 flyers.
Gaza convoys: Two highly
visible actions took place on the Gaza border.
In the first (Nov 11), a Palestinian group called
Coalition for Jerusalem invited us to join them
for a convoy of cars to the Gaza border. In
the second (Nov 18), a car convoy was
organized by Peace Now to Sderot and then Gaza.
A group of Anarchists broke away from this and
staged a very dramatic action at the border,
leaving (fake) blood and photos of victims on the
IDF tanks stationed there.
Websites: A website was
created for the campaign that carries information
about the situation in Gaza, material for people
who want to hold their own events, and reports
from over 100 locations worldwide about their own
campaign activities. In addition, over 70
websites in 6 languages (English, French, Spanish,
Italian, Croatian, and Japanese) featured this
campaign on their pages.
Media coverage varied throughout the
campaign. Clearly, however, the siege of
Gaza and the suffering of the Palestinians under
siege received far more exposure during this
period – TV, radio, press, news portals, etc.
– as a result of this campaign, raising
awareness inside Israel and abroad to the ongoing
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in other countries
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Tel Aviv, Israel
107 cities worldwide
of the Coalition against the Sieze of Gaza: Coalition
of Women for Peace, Alternative Information Center,
Anarchists against the Wall, Balad, Banki, Bat
Shalom, Combatants for Peace, Gush Shalom, Hadash,
High School Seniors Letter Group, Israeli
Committee Against House Demolitions, Maki, New
Profile, Rabbis for Human Rights, Ta’ayush, The
High Follow-Up Committee for the Arab Citizens in
Israel, University Student Coalition – Tel Aviv,
and Yesh Gvul.
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